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I have. but you need to kind of know where they should be. as mark said, a camera is pretty spot on as long as the riser is vertical. if it branches off, then it only gets you to the main and not the branch.
I had a large job at Disneyland, calif adventure during construction. the landscapers came in on a weekend and buried all the valve boxes. I was brought in to locate as many as I could. since it was a huge project, I was guided by the plans as to what and where to look. found about 1/2 of them in the 2 days I was there. all with a metal detector. even a hydrant valve was buried under 8' of concrete. pulled the hydrant and ran my seesnake to spot the valve. was able to give them a decent mark as to where to dig. the pipe was ductile iron and the 512 hz. transmitter doesn't penetrate the pipe. but I was able to trace the pipe and do the math with footage.
outside clean out, what's that?
I think I've seen about 10 of those in Maine on residential and not much more than that on commercial.
I have one apartment building with an outside clean out that I service yearly. it makes the job so much easier, but every time it is raining, snowing, or dark and ungodly cold.
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A probe is a great tool, but I have gotten kind of lazy and puny in my middle age and try ever way possible not to probe in dirt full of rubbish.
Kind of joking,yet many times concrete or other type paving are covering c/o's or m/h's.
And I enjoy being correct on a job.
Speaking of probes,some kind of way,mine got bent the other day,time to pick up another one.
Radio Shack cheapie my Dad got for me Xmas 1985. No joke. I can get the model number if you need it. The head is water proof too.
In 1989 I found a 5 pound meteorite with it. Made him so proud.
Many meteorites are worth big bucks depending on what metals on in them.
Did you sell it or still have it? Did you check for ionizing radiation?
You might be picking up dose with it sitting on your bookshelf.
Don't know if any found have been radioactive but ya never know.
Most are some type of iron I believe. I would guess a 5 pounder to be about the size of a baseball.
"When we build let us think we build forever. Let it not be for present delight nor for present use alone. Let it be such work that our descendants will thank us for, and let us think, as we lay stone upon stone, that a time is to come when these stones will be held sacred because our hands have touched them, and that men will say, as they look upon the labor and wrought substance of them, "See! This our fathers did for us."
John Ruskin (1819 - 1900)